HAZMAT Incident Forces Urgent Care Facility to Issue Evacuations

Multiple people reported feeling sick around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 8:36 PM PDT
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About 100 people were evacuated from the Sharp-Rees Stealy medical building for an unusual smell that left seven people feeling sick.

About 100 people were evacuated from the Sharp-Rees Stealy medical building for an unusual smell that left seven people feeling sick.

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Sudden Illness Strikes Several at Medical Center

Seven people were taken to the hospital after they all felt sick around the same time at Sorrento Valley Sharp Rees-Stealey Medical Center.

Sharp Medical Center Evacuated

Firefighters said 7 people were treated after suddenly becoming sick at the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center on Genetic Drive.
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A HAZMAT team responded to Sharp-Rees Stealey Medical Center located at 10234 Genetic Center Dr. on Tuesday morning.

The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. when a person at the facility said they felt sick. More people reported a similar illness, forcing 100 people to evacuate from the building.

Seven people were transported to the hospital for symptoms of nausea and dizziness, according to the fire department.

HAZMAT determined the cause of the incident to be an overheated air conditioning belt. Fire officials and HAZMAT have reopened the building for the remainder of the day.

Officials at Sharp said Urgent Care remained open during the evacuation.

The medical center is located on Genetic Center Drive, north of Mira Mesa Boulevard in Sorrento Mesa and just west of Camino Santa Fe.

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